Copyright & A2K Issues - 27 November 2018

This is a free online international Information Service covering various topics, including copyright, plagiarism and other IP matters, Open Access, open publishing, open learning resources, institutional repositories, scholarly communication, digitization and library matters, mobile technologies, issues affecting access to knowledge (A2K), particularly in developing countries; WTO and WIPO treaties and matters; Free Trade Agreements and TRIPS Plus; useful websites, conference alerts, etc.  Archives are available at:  If you would like to subscribe to, or unsubscribe from, this newsletter, please do so at:   or email only (N.B. PLEASE DO NOT SEND TO WHOLE MAILING LIST) 


Intellectual Property:

Why ‘fair use’ is so important for SA copyright law

“Fair Use” does not conflict with Berne

South Africa: Intellectual Property And The Shape Of Things

Misleading on Fair Dealing, Part 5: The Multi-Million Dollar Educational Investment in E-Book Licensing

MYTH:  Fair use decimated educational publishing in Canada

New Exemptions to DMCA Section 1201 Are Welcome, But Don’t Go Far Enough [EF

Communia endorses Treaty on Education and Research, and asks others to follow suit

WIPO Working Toward Agreement To Finish Broadcasting Treaty This Week

The First Software Licensing Agreement and its Relationship with Copyright Law


Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication:

Study sheds light on scourge of fake news in Africa

Africa Capacity Report 2017 - Building Capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation

Opting out is not an option: Why all academic librarians must understand open access

Scholarly publishing: EUA asks European Commission to investigate lack of competition

The EU Open Access Fight Continues

A decade after the invention of the smartphone, we’re about to find out how we use our time

Assessing and supporting journal publishing practices in the Global South

The OA Interviews: Frances Pinter

Turning FAIR Into Reality

LIBSENSE Survey on Open Access Repositories & Librarians’ Roles - Ubuntunet Alliance Region


Research and Open Science:

Draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation neglects to prioritise issues of performance and human capability (SA)


Open Science Is Liberating and Can Foster Creativity

A Layered Framework for Considering Open Science Practices

The European Open Science Cloud is officially launched

The Vienna Declaration on the European Open Science Cloud


Conference Alert:

Science Forum (no registration fee)

12-14 December 2018 – CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa



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